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I removed this from the safe a few days ago for cleaning and lube and discovered the safety lever broken. Not sure how long it's been that way but I think I would have noticed it quickly. It's never been dropped and the safety is seldom used at the range. Looks like a trip to Wilson next week.

 

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eh, color it with a sharpie. its like JMB intended it now..
 

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Id replace it with a Ed Brown or C&S. Wilsons parts have been less then stellar lately. I fitted a Wilson BP ambi safety last week to a colt. Dang thing was 60 bucks my cost. I can usually fit a safety in about 15 min. Took me an hour to get it in were it didn't drag on the sear when the safe was off. The casting was total garbage and way out of spec. I put in a slide stop on another gun, same story, casting was dragging in the inside of the slide.
 

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EB parts in my WC? blasphemy! :yikes:

WC states all their Bullet Proof parts are CNC'd from steel billet, not cast. The WC rep assured me they would make it right, we'll see exactly what that means. I do plan to go the BP route.
 

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well judgung by the look of the break.. Its a cast part. no forged part would have those tell tale casting bubbles. No forged part would have broken off like that. forged parts would have bent first.

Wilson Combat is not as high as folks would think on the quality parts list. Ed Brown, tops that list, Cylinder and Slide holds a good second, Id put Wilson in there with the rest of the MEM parts. They arent bad parts, they are just not what they are supposed to be.
 

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the safety pictured is indeed a investment cast product, what WC used 11 years ago when the pistol was made.

it will be replaced with a billet product.

the failure didn't happen while applying the safety, there's no way I would have missed the sharp edge, that's what makes it so strange. I've given my range bag a good going over with no luck finding the missing piece.
 

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Any good forged 1911 safety should fit fine - I'd simply replace it with a quality part and not care who made it. I think that all safeties out there are probably cast metal parts though.
 

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I just put a Wilson BP safety on a colt about a week ago. It was waaaaaayyyyyy out of spec and still MIM. Id go with a better part honestly but then I'm not all that enamored with wilson combat in the first place. :)
 

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A one week turnaround with Wilson picking up the tab on a 12 year old, 3 owner firearm. I did pay the difference to upgrade to BP.
 
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